Here we round up new and forthcoming children’s titles including a YA tale of a tumultuous friendship, a YA debut from a queer musician based on true events, a middle grade novel about a group of siblings’ stories coming to life, a picture book about a friendship with an unhoused man, and more.
Friends Like These by Meg Rosoff. Tundra, $12.99 paper; ISBN 978-1-77488-110-1. In this YA novel set in 1983, Beth begins an intense new friendship with New York City native Edie and must find a way to stand up for herself when their relationship spirals out of control.
Girls Like Girls by Hayley Kiyoko. Wednesday, $20; ISBN 978-1-250-81763-1. In this debut novel from queer musician and actor Kiyoko, Coley moves in with her father following the sudden death of her mother, and meets Sonya, an enigmatic dancer whom she cannot pull away from.
Gossamer Summer by H.M. Bouwman. Atheneum, $17.99; ISBN 978-1-6659-1253-2. Ten-year-old Jojo learns that the fairy tales she and her sisters shared in their backyard have bled into reality.
Hello, Mister Blue by Daria Peoples. Greenwillow, $19.99; ISBN 978-0-06-320675-5. A child forms a connection with their father’s musician friend who is unhoused.
Her Good Side by Rebekah Weatherspoon. Razorbill, $18.99; ISBN 978-0-5934-6530-1. Bethany and Jacob practice for real relationships under the guise of a fake romance with each other.
In the Tunnel by Julie Lee. Holiday House, $18.99; ISBN 978-0-8234-5039-8. Myung-gi joins the South Korean army in order to find his Ahpa.
Jurassic Jeff: Space Invader (A Graphic Novel) by Royden Lepp. Random House Graphic, $13.99; ISBN 978-0-593-56539-1. Green alien Jeff arrives on Earth to take over modern civilization, but instead finds that Earth is still populated by friendly dinosaurs.
Legendary Legends of Legendarious Achievery (The Books of Clash, Vol. 1). by Gene Luen Yang, illus. by Les McClaine and Alison Acton. First Second, $25.99; ISBN 978-1-250-81625-2; $17.99 paper; ISBN 978-1-250-81626-9. In this spin on the Clash of Clans video game, Hog Rider battles to keep the community of JazzPickles safe when their city is threatened.
Max and Moonbean by Rob Scotton. HarperCollins, $19.99; ISBN 978-0-0629-9038-9. Max the dog discovers newfound confidence in himself when he meets Moonbean, a creature that crash-lands in Max’s closet.
Tadpoles by Matt James. Holiday House/Porter, $18.99; ISBN 978-0-8234-5005-3. Saddened by his father’s move away from him, a child finds comfort in their tradition of searching for tadpoles together. The picture book received a starred review from PW.
Tegan and Sara: Junior High by Tegan and Sara Quin, illus. by Tillie Walden. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $22.99; ISBN 978-0-374-31301-2; $14.99 paper ISBN 978-0-374-31302-9. Queer indie pop musicians Tegan and Sara fictionalize their childhood move and experiences with new friends, queer identity, and a love of music in this middle grade collaboration with Eisner Award winner Walden.
Threads That Bind by Kika Hatzopoulou. Razorbill, $19.99; ISBN 978-0-593-52871-6. Eighteen-year-old Io Ora and her sisters have the ability to alter threads of fate and are hired to stop a gang who have been interfering with fate threads. The YA book received a starred review from PW.
Time Out by Sean Hayes, Todd Milliner, and Carlyn Greenwald. Simon & Schuster, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-5344-9262-2. In this collaboration from actor Hayes, debut author Milliner, and Greenwald, basketball star Barclay faces social isolation after he comes out and quits the sport to join the school newspaper staff, where he finds new allies and friends.
The Together Tree by Aisha Saeed, illus. by LeUyen Pham. Salaam Reads, $18.99; ISBN 978-1-5344-6296-0. When Rumi moves across the country, he struggles with feeling unaccepted by his peers, until a new friend steps in.
The Wishing Flower by A.J. Irving, illus. by Kip Alizadeh. Knopf, $18.99; ISBN 978-0-5934-3044-6. Birdie’s love of wishing flowers is shared with new student Sunny, and the girls find that when they’re together, they no longer need to wish for anything else.
Under the Blanket Sky by Tim Fischer. Doubleday, $18.99; ISBN 978-0-593-64591-8. A child and an owl form a new friendship and bond underneath a beautiful sky.
When the Vibe Is Right by Sarah Dass. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, $19.99; ISBN 978-0-06-301857-0. Seeking help in promoting her family’s masquerade band, Tess teams up with influencer Brandon to show off her family’s business while potentially falling in love. The YA book received a starred review from PW.
Worst Broommate Ever! by Wanda Coven, illus. by Anna Abramskaya. Simon Spotlight, $14.99; ISBN 978-1-665-92528-0. In the first book in the Middle School and Other Disasters series, Heidi starts at a middle school that specializes in training young witches.
You Bet Your Heart by Danielle Parker. Joy Revolution, $18.99; ISBN 978-0-593-56527-8. To break a tie for the title of valedictorian, Sasha and her former best friend Ezra make a bet for the loser to throw their final exams but find themselves at a crossroads when they rekindle their friendship.
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